Bronzers are to makeup what hot sauce is to a chicken wing – essential. Everyone needs a good bronzer in their life to add that extra pizzazz to their overall look. Not only does it add dimension and definition to the face, but it revitalizes your complexion giving it a youthful and radient glow.
Despite all of its glory, it’s very easy to go over board with a bronzer. Finding the right brush (Morphe E59 Tapered Bronzer Brush is my jam) and application method is key to avoiding that ‘umpa lumpa’ effect. Keeping it as natural as possible, enchancing your features rather than masking them, will ensure that you slay your bronzing technique every time.
Being the self confessed hoarder that I am, I’ve recently turned my attention to my bronzer collection. After spending many years in a committed relationship with my first love NARS Casino Bronzing Powder, I decided that it was time to move on and sow my wild oats. Drugstore or high end, I don’t discriminate when it comes to bronzers and here I have put together 4 of my current obsessions that are in constant rotation in my makeup bag.
A face and body bronzer; which adds a beautiful matte finished warmth to the skin. Available in 4 colours, Deep is the darkest of the collection. I wasn’t too impressed with the colour range as there’s clearly not an option for someone of deeper complexion, but nevertheless, the formula had me hooked!
The powder feels super soft to the touch and blends effortlessly into the skin. I like to hit the cheekbones, hairline, neck and décolletage to achieve an even glow. There’s no glitter particles; which makes it perfect for a natural finish, but I certainly wouldn’t contour with this product as it leans more towards the orange side.
The packaging, as can be expected, is gorgeous and a little Guerlain-esque. The pan is absolutely huge (you get 21g of product) so this is guaranteed to last you a very long time even if you use it on a daily basis. However, despite the size, this is the perfect holiday product to pack as it saves space on body bronzers.
This is my favourite ‘everyday bronzer’; which requires no effort at all. The powder is so finely milled that it feels incredible upon first swipe, although, it did hurt me a little to ruin the tribal print embossed on the bronzer itself. Unlike the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronze this bronzer does contain small particles of glitter, but it’s not overpowering. The micro-dispensed light pigments perfectly mimic the effects of a sun kissed look, giving you an instant glow. There is only one colour option to choose from, but the colour is fairly universal and would suit most skin tones.
The packaging is fairy standard for a L’Oreal product and I could have done with a mirror in the compact, but much like the first bronzer mentioned, you get a lot more product for your penny.
A warm-toned bronzer with a buildable finish. The formula is soft and creamy, as you can expect with most MAC products. On fairer skin tones this could provide a natural looking contour without looking overdone. On medium to tan skin tones, like my own, this gives a sheer wash of colour that provides you with the right amount of warmth to the skin without looking like you’ve been sitting directly under the sun all day.
The size of the pan is fairly standard for MAC face products (10g); which is perfect for smaller, more precise bronzing brushes, but quite difficult if you were looking to use something on the larger side. I do wish they varied the packaging from their other face compacts other than the colour of the text as it’s quite hard to distinguish the bronzer without looking at the label (first world problems I know).
For someone who likes her bling and sparkle, I’ve honestly shocked myself with the amount of matte bronzers that I’ve chosen. I discovered this bronzer when checking out the Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil on a recent shopping trip. If you haven’t done so already, check out my review of it in last week’s blog post.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of this bronzer upon first inspection. I initially purchased the shade 04 online; which turned out to be far too light for my skin tone. When I popped into the store to exchange it for the next shade up, I realised that the darkest shade (06) was still pretty light, but far more suitable for my skin tone. I found this quite strange, because it was always my misconception that The Body Shop catered for a range of skin tones. Whatever the case, I purchased 06 as I couldn’t bare walking out of that shop without a bit of makeup in tow.
I must admit, I did expect the colour payoff to be as strong as the previous three and I was left slightly disappointed when I realised that this wasn’t the case. However, what I have discovered is that this bronzer, despite its summer-themed marketing technique, would be perfect for my skin in the winter when I need a sheer wash of colour without looking too overdone. The packaging is super cute and it smells divine, but this bronzer is certainly reserved for my ‘understated’ days.
What are your favourite bronzers at the moment? Comment below with suggestions of what I should add to my collection.